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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Why the electric-car revolution may take a lot longer than expected

A new report from the MIT Energy Initiative warns that EVs may never reach the same sticker price so long as they rely on lithium-ion batteries, the energy storage technology that powers most of today’s consumer electronics. In fact, it’s likely to take another decade just to eliminate the difference in the lifetime costs between the vehicle categories, which factors in the higher fuel and maintenance expenses of standard cars and trucks.

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LITHIUM: AMG plans German Li hydroxide refining plant

  • Date: 18-11-19
  • Category: LITHIUM
  • Source: AMM

AMG Advanced Metallurgical Group (AMG) subsidiary AMG Lithium GmbH has started basic engineering to establish a battery-grade lithium hydroxide refining plant in the municipality of Elsteraue or Zeitz, the parent company said on Thursday November 14.

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HYDROGEN: World's largest green-hydrogen plant begins operation in Austria

  • Date: 18-11-19
  • Category: HYDROGEN
  • Source: Recharge News

The 6MW facility in Linz, consisting of Siemens electrolysers, will provide clean H2 for steel production.

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DIESEL: Western European Diesel Car Market October 2019

  • Date: 18-11-19
  • Category: DIESEL
  • Source: LMC Auto

September’s diesel share of new car sales in the region is confirmed at 29.0%. Data for October, with three small markets estimated, suggest a figure of 31.3% leading to a YTD achievement of 32.1%, very close to that seen in September. Three markets returned a diesel share slightly higher than a year earlier (Austria, Germany and Norway) while a total of eight experienced a rise in diesel sales volume from a YoY standpoint.

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ESKOM: Eskom S.Africa CEO Appointment Met With Surprise, Skepticism

  • Date: 18-11-19
  • Category: ESKOM
  • Source: Bloomberg

After months of speculation and delays, South Africa named Andre de Ruyter as chief executive officer of it's debt-crippled state power utility.

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WAGE NEGOTIATIONS: Amcu 'brought certainty' to PGM industry

JOHANNESBURG - The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) on Friday said that it had brought certainty to the platinum industry after signing a three-year wage deal with South Africa’s biggest platinum producers.

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PGM PROJECTS: Zimbabwe Platinum Venture Needs $500 Million for First Phase

  • Date: 17-11-19
  • Category: PGM PROJECTS
  • Source: VOA Zimbabwe

HARARE (Reuters) - Russian-Zimbabwean platinum venture Great Dyke Investments (GDI) requires a further $500 million for the first phase of its Zimbabwean mining project and is in advanced financing talks with Russian and South African lenders.

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SOUTH AFRICA: Platinum sector seals pay deal

  • Date: 17-11-19
  • Category: SOUTH AFRICA
  • Source: Business Live

The world's largest platinum producers have sealed a pay agreement with the sector's biggest labour union in SA, concluding negotiations that started in July and putting workers' remuneration on the back burner for the next three years.

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